White House petition demands details of congressional sexual assault settlements

On Tuesday, a petition was posted to the White House “We the People” website that demands a full accounting of all the settlements made in sexual assault and harassment cases involving members of Congress like Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who reportedly paid one accuser over $27,000 in taxpayer money.

The short petition, which can be seen here, simply reads:

According to reports, there has been 17 million spent on 260 claims over the past 20 years on settlements of sexual assault accusations from Capitol Hill. The government has no money, it is our money. We demand a (sic) itemized list of the complaints that went into these settlements including the names of the accused, while protecting the apparent victims’ identities. This is made with acknowledgement that in certain cases, a settlement may have been the way to go even to false claims, however, these people work for us, not



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